Getting the fundamentals right for students

Two reports released today should serve as a warning signal to educators and policymakers that more needs to be done to boost student outcomes in reading, writing and numeracy and especially in the areas of citizenship and civics. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2017 NAPLAN National Report confirms that student performance…

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Calling BS on Bennelong schools funding

Bill Shorten and Kristina Keneally must start telling the truth about schools funding and put an end to their lies. John Alexander and the Turnbull Government have a clear plan to boost investment in schools in a fair way and ensure those extra resources are focused on activities proven to boost student outcomes. Across NSW…

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Regional and rural students get head start in STEM

Joint media release with Interim Parliamentary Leader of the Nationals Nigel Scullion  Applications open today for a new program to make access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) easier for 1200 students living in regional and remote areas of Australia. Interim Parliamentary Leader of the Nationals Nigel Scullion said all Australians deserve to have…

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New P-TECH pilot site for Darwin

Joint media release with Interim Parliamentary Leader of the Nationals Nigel Scullion  Students in Darwin will gain valuable real-world skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), thanks to the Turnbull Government’s new Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) pilot program. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said Casuarina Senior College in Darwin would be the…

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Teachers Federation schooled on funding

Students across Bennelong are set for an average boost of around $2,125 each under the Turnbull Government’s Gonski funding plan. That’s an extra $19.7 million we’re delivering for Bennelong schools. There are no cuts. The figures being peddled by the NSW Teachers’ Federation are a desperate attempt to push for an unfunded Labor promise we…

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Unis must keep focus on student outcomes: Minister

The Education and Training Minister has called on universities to keep a “laser focus” on the outcomes of the students they enrol following the release of new data on graduate completions and job outcomes. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new reports showed six-year completion rates for university students had dropped to…

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2018 New Colombo Plan Scholars

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, have announced 120 New Colombo Plan scholarships to talented undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region in 2018. These New Colombo Plan scholars will study in 20 host locations, including for the…

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Young Historian of the Year 2017

A Year 12 student from Canberra has been selected from more than 8000 entrants across the country as Australia’s Young Historian of the Year. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham presented the award to Hawker College student Ineka Voigt in a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra today. Minister Birmingham said Ineka’s essay about…

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